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Spastic Space Robots

by Ken Arnold on Mon 30 December 2013

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This is one of the coolest robot things I’ve seen in a while. And not just because it’s space robots.

They’re weird, spastic, go-over-weird-surfaces, jumpy robots, with genetically evolved control systems, based on tensegrity (ergo imbued with a major dash of Buckminster Fuller) space robots.

You squash ‘em flat, stack a dozen or three together, toss them onto the surface of Titan, let ‘em bounce to a landing, them set them scurrying around. Although I don’t think I’d call that epileptic motion they make “scurrying”. I don’t know what I’d call it.

But it would be very cool.

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